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Teens & Kids Camps

Kids Camp run year round during holidays!

Kids Camp

Over the school holidays surf camps run Monday to Friday with a surf lesson per day. Lessons are progressive so the child's surfing develops over the week. Children start with foam boards in easy waves and move towards bigger waves and different boards. In our small groups safety is high and so is interaction with the coach, who offers loads of encouragement and fun exercises to develop their surf skills. Camps are structured so that children learn something new every day through games and drills, which develop their surfing knowledge while having loads of fun in a safe environment. Contact Ben for more details. 

Teen Camp

Bored with doing the same thing during the holidays? Bens Surf Clinic is the only teen surf camp in Lahinch that can progress your surfing past beginner level, and can even coach you on your own surfboard!

Surf camp consists of a surf lesson a day over five days.

Groups are kept small with only 6 surfers, and the surf lessons are progressive so the learning doesn't stop. We encourage students to bring their own surf boards if they have them, but also provide all the gear. We try to put students of roughly the same surfing standard together so that they learn off each other and progress quicker.


Read our reviews on Trip Advisor:

"Ben has been coaching us for the past three years. In that time he has turned us into complete addicts. His lessons are always funny and enjoyable all while learning loads. Whether it be going back to basics like correcting where you lie on the board to catching huge green waves, you know you have improved at the end of each lesson. He has the ability to turn the coldest, windiest days of winter into some of your favourite surfs. You're always being encouraged, advised and get loads of attention as the groups are always kept small. As lessons are done on ability it is a great way to make new surf buddies for after lesson surfs. There is always a happy atmosphere at the van just adding to the epic experience Bens Surf Clinic is. :D " Emma & Eleana Skelly

Contact Ben for more details.

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Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Lahinch & The Burren

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Adult Week Long Camps

The best way to learn to surf is to give yourself the time!

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Week Long Surf Course (Full) Only €250!

Five full days coaching

All equipment or bring your own (different boards throughout the week)

Theory classes & training drills on specfic skills and vital surf knowledge.

Coaching from top surf coach of 20 years experience in small personal groups. 

We work through a full range of skills in the course from your surf basics to paddling out and riding green waves.

Boards available for use in your free time (subject to tides and availability).

 Adult Group

Week Long Surf Course (Half) Only €150!

We cover as much of the skills we would cover in full week course, however you have recovery time and or time in the water on your own to practice in the water what you learned on your coaching sessions.

One surf lesson per day for five days with theory and drills.

Boards available for use in your free time (subject to tides and availability).

See our range of boards here.


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Want the Full Package? 

5 Surf Lessons plus 4 nights accommodation (dorm room with breakfast) = €220 per person

There are other accommodation options available including B&Bs, and Hotel. Further information on Accommodation.

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Other dates can be arranged. Please contact us for requests.

As we are only 45 minutes from Shannon Airport we can arrange pick ups for you for a small fee (Minimum 2 people).

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Weekend Surf Package

Weekend Surf Package


Take the hassle out of your weekend away by booking one of our weekend packages!

Package Includes: 2 Surf Lessons & 2 Nights Accommodation

Two quality surf sessions for beginners to advanced (use you own board or have all your equipment provided).

Sessions are for two hours in the water, max 6 students per instructor, which gives you loads of time to perfect your moves and style.

Accommodation  is close to the centre of town. So, it's perfect for early morning or sunset surfs!

*Accommodation depends on availability. 


2 Surfs + 2 Nights = €110 (Accommodation is in a dorm room in a hostel)


Other accommodation options are available: B&B's, Hotels, Houses. Just let us know what suits you best and we will do the rest!


Book your weekend away now!!

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We have a range of boards for hire from foam boards for beginners or small days to hard boards, ranging from 6'0 right up to 10'0.

 Hard Boards


Short Boards

We also have SUP's, body boards and Kayaks for hire for the calm days.


We have high quality O'Neill Winter wetsuits available for hire as well as boots, hoods and gloves. 



Board & Suit: €15 for 2 hours


Contact us on 086 8448622.

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Surf Shop



Bens Surf Clinic has recently opened a new surf shop, based in the Surf School & Activity Centre on The Promenade in Lahinch, Co. Clare.

Call into us for all your surfing needs!

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 We are stockists of O'Neill Wetsuits, hoods, booties and gloves.  


And to keep you cosy post surf why not pick up a Bens Surf Clinic Hoodie!!


We also have all the smaller essentials, wax, leashes, fins.


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We are an official O'Neill Wetsuit Test centre and have a range of mid to high end suits for you to take out for a surf.

We have the following suits for you to try:

Mutant 5/4mm Hooded Wetsuit: Size to try: Small & Medium   

Psychotech F.U.Z.E. 6/4mm Hooded Wetsuit: Size to try: Large  

Hyperfreak 5/4mm Comp Zipless Wetsuit: Size to try: Medium   

Superfreak F.U.Z.E 6/4mm Hooded Wetsuit: Size to try: Medium          


CALL US ON 086 8448622 OR EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further information or to place your order.



Gift Vouchers available for our Surf Shop or for any activity! Vouchers can be emailed or posted. Just contact us!



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About Us


Bens Surf Clinic was founded by Cathal "Ben" Bennett in 1995. Ben has always had a passion for surfing and also has a flair for teaching.  Combining these qualities, he has become one of Ireland's leading surf instructors. He is the only Level 3 surf instructor in Co. Clare and is also an Internationally recognised surf instructor. 


Ben has worked hard to ensure his staff and surf instructors carry the highest level of knowledge, expertise and professionalism. All of his instructors are at least a Level 2 Surf Instructor (Minimum 2 years instructing experience) and Certified Beach Lifeguards. Safety is the top priority and you will have the best surf instructors in Lahinch. At Ben's Surf Clinic you're in good hands!





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Welcome to Bens Surf Clinic, THE Top Surf School in Lahinch!



Bens Surf Clinic.......

A surf school with a difference. Sick of beginner surf lessons where you spend too much time on the beach, in big groups where the instructor barely talks to you? Feel like you are not learning enough or are stuck at a level you can't get past? Well then Ben's Surf Clinic in Lahinch, Co.Clare is the surf school for you.


We were the first hard board surf school set up in Ireland and are the top Lahinch surf school because we are different.


 We run beginner surf courses, improver surf courses and intermediate and advanced surf courses.


All surf courses are designed to develop your specific surf skills with a view to maximise your enjoyment and progress from your time in the water. 


The Difference 

We teach surfing from start to finish (We focus on more water time, but land time is very specific skill development).

Small surf lesson groups (Max 6 per coach/gp).
Professional full-time surf coaches (ISA Level 2/3).
We teach on the right board for you (Hard and soft boards).
Coaches teach throughout the full surf session.
More water time (Surf lessons are 2 hrs in the water).
Ireland's most experienced surf coach with 21 years surf coaching.
1 of only 2 International Surf Association surf coaches in Ireland.
Lahinch surf beach is the best for beginner - advanced surf lessons in Ireland.




Bens Surf Clinic is happy to announce some improvements to our surf school! We now have indoor facilities available, which include:

Changing Rooms

Showers (Applies to non-discounted surf lessons)

Indoor climbing, bouldering and archery for high tide and blown out days.

Membership & Board Motel - Become a member and store your board, get 3 surf lessons, discounts and much more for only €200 per year.


Let our customers do the talking, read our reviews on Trip Advisor


5 of 5 starsReviewed 20 March 2014

Focused professional approach to teaching surfing to all levels. Each lesson focuses on how to improve each individual's technique. Constant instruction and feedback during the lesson really helps you to keep foucused during the session. I would recommend the clinic 100%.